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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Faulkner Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9780739325377
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One of William Faulkner's finest novels, As I Lay Dying was originally published in 1930, and remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, it vividly brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, one of the great invented landscapes in all of literature, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark.

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Quotes & Awards

  • For range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity, [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country. Robert Penn Warren

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney Young | 2/20/2014

    " This book is so true in such a crazy way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Jones | 2/5/2014

    " Great story about a family traipsing around the countryside with their dead mother in a pine box. Anse, the husband of Addie, was determined to bury her as he promised in Jefferson County. The story goes in unexpected directions as they encounter different adventures. I liked the author's style of telling the story through the various characters. I loved this book once I figured out who was who in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Kessler | 2/2/2014

    " I just had to read a classic; full of dialogue which is useful to understanding the culture of the South. Probably will not be looking for another one of Faulkner's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Moroney | 1/21/2014

    " Only gets better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edwin Mejia | 1/19/2014

    " As much as I dislike the novel, it was still loads better than the crappy metalcore band of the same name. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Rankin | 1/18/2014

    " Breathtakingly depressing and wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dcbk | 1/15/2014

    " one of the worst books i ever read. i know this is a revered classic - but i really disenjoyed this book when i read it back at university. perhaps i should revisit it as a more mature person??? bahahahaha! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Darrow | 1/12/2014

    " One of those books that begs the question... why is this book so popular and it's author considered a master? Basically, it's the story of a poor family taking the body of their dead mother on a trip to be burried. Faulkner was, no doubt, high and/or drunk when he wrote this... and that's the way a reader should be in order for the story to make any sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/3/2014

    " didn't care for the story. i know i should like it. i see the deep symbolism and all that. but i just couldnt relate to any of the characters nor find their plight sympathetic. oh well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kallie | 12/24/2013

    " This is simply a master's work in every way. I suppose what stands out for me is the humor, the irony that calls for both compassion and detachment and real knowledge of these people and what motivates them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siri Grace | 12/22/2013

    " Faulkner is a literary genius. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allan | 12/21/2013

    " Took me ages to get into the southern vernacular and mindset and try to figure out what was going on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe Garcia | 12/21/2013

    " Not the style of writing that I can get myself into, felt I had to transcribe every word. Second time I tried to get into Faulkner now I know for sure he just isn't for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 11/20/2013

    " need to reread. Story of a dead woman's family's adventures as her body travels to its final resting place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 7/29/2013

    " Crafty, concise, novel, vardaman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Leary | 9/12/2012

    " Justly famous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin Note | 8/2/2012

    " Difficult to read. I had to listen to the audio book while reading along due to all the southern stream of consciousness. Also, my first Faulkner novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Connell Biggs | 7/8/2012

    " My students say, "Worst book to read, best book to discuss." Such a puzzle! So much fun to figure out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri Huntley | 6/26/2012

    " There's nothing more to be said about this book than has already been said. I encourage anyone to read or revisit this classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabrielle | 9/13/2011

    " The narrative technique was interesting--recounting events from the perspective of multiple characters. However, I found the book's plot to be somewhat slow, which made it difficult to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Bechtel | 6/10/2011

    " Easily the easiest of Faulkner's works to get through, though that does not mean it is anything less than a superb read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 5/21/2011

    " Pervasively perverted, aggressively transgressive and emphatically empathetic Southern Gothic adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/21/2011

    " It really helps to read the 'Cliff Notes' along with this book, to get some insight into the symbolism. With that assistance, I really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 5/19/2011

    " So funny, so macabre, so human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/19/2011

    " I learned so much from this book: Particularly the narrator as translator, as these characters are illiterate, but in interior monologue we come to know what is in their hearts through the gift of Faulkner's lyrical prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 5/17/2011

    " Faulkner is my favorite writer. Am listening to this as an audio book and it is blowing my mind. Have to read it and re-read it on the Kindle as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ctb | 5/16/2011

    " Disturbing, funny, clever construction (just like the coffin) never makes fun of its backwoods characters, in fact, gives them more credit for perspective and intellect and thought formation than they are probably due, which is its one weakness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 5/11/2011

    " One of Faulkner's best-known works. He switched viewpoints from chapter to chapter and wrote in a stream of consciousness, and I think that is one reason this book is so highly regarded. Has some light moments, though it is mostly dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/5/2011

    " I felt as if this book dragged on forever. The basic point of the book is clear and the detail is well written. I had a hard time understanding the family and their direct situation verses the analogues used. "

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